CONTROLLING APHIDS

These common spoilers can be found on just about any crops in your garden. Controlling aphids is not really difficult; read on...

Ugly little buggars






CONTROLLING APHIDS

PLANT DAMAGE
Plants may look wilted and sickly, and fail to thrive. Leaves may be mottled or yellowing, turning brown and curling under. Aphids suck the plant sap in the leaves and can kill the entire plant. Aphid saliva is also toxic to plants, and aphids can transmit diseases, like viruses, to their hosts. Controlling aphids also helps prevent  spread of these dreaded diseases.

INSECT APPEARANCE
Look closely, and you will find dense colonies of tiny, soft-bodied bugs, usually yellowish. They often collect on the undersides of leaves or the growing tips of the plants. You will also find a sticky honeydew trail they exude, which attracts ants. If you've got ants, look for aphids.

TREATING LIGHT INFESTATION
Pick the squishy little (1/32-1/8 inch) aphids off by hand and crush them.

BIOLOGICAL WARFARE

Lady Bugs, green lacewings and gall midges are all good insects which prey on aphids.

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CHEMICAL WARFARE
Spray repeatedly with either of these agents.

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